Queencore is a more mature, regal variant of Princesscore and a subgenre of Royalcore.

Queencore may consist of more adult-like themes, like politics and war, so it is assumed to be more heavy-handed than Princesscore. Inspiration can be drawn from matriarchal figures in hierarchy-centered shows and movies, especially those centered around kingdoms.

Queencore aesthetics show through strength and guidance, skill and patience. Those who adopt a Queencore aesthetic may be seen as the leader of a group. They hold themselves to higher standards, as a way to show worthiness of their title and position. The Queencore aesthetic wouldn't be complete without confidence and displays of good leadership.

For a darker approach, colors can be toned deeper, and inspiration can be drawn from evil queen characters.

This aesthetic can be great inspiration for modern styles.


Most visuals can be taken from castle exteriors, interiors, and grounds. This can include throne rooms, royal chambers, and gardens. Examples include:

  • Thrones
  • Crowns
  • Capes
  • Ornate staircases
  • Personal libraries
  • Scepters
  • Jewelry
  • Intricate gardens
  • Roses
  • Horses
  • Marble
  • Swords and daggers
  • Veils
  • Ballgowns
  • Dark wood
  • Tall ceilings


Fashion may be taken directly from historical accounts or may be modernized. Real life examples can include historical figures like Queen Victoria for a more historical approach, or figures like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle for more modern fashion. Fictional examples can include Queen Calanthe from The Witcher, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, Mary, Queen of Scots from Reign, and The Countess from American Horror Story (for a more creative twist). Staples include intricate embroidery, beading, jewel and metal embellishments, darker or richer colors, and long sleeves. Suggestions include:


  • Floor-length formalwear
    • Ballgowns
    • Wide-legged jumpsuits or pants
  • Modest-length day dresses
  • Fitted slacks / jeans
  • Tailored blouses
  • Fitted suits in royal colors
  • Long jackets and coats / cloaks
  • Corsets / shifts
  • Long dressing robes
  • Damasc, jacquard and brocade


  • Jeweled hairpieces/headpieces
  • Updos or intricately styled hair
  • Dark makeup
  • Gloves
  • Rings
  • Clutch bags
  • Heeled footwear
  • Gold or diamond jewelry
  • Any precious metals or gems / jewels
  • Crowns


Historic Examples

  • Mary, Queen of Scots 1542 - 1587
  • Queen Elizabeth II 1926 -
  • Maria Theresa of Austria 1717 - 1780
  • Catherine the Great of Russia 1729 - 1796
  • Anne Boleyn of England 1501 - 1536
  • Nefertiti of Egypt 1370 - 1330 BC
  • Victoria of England 1819 - 1901
  • Marie-Antoinette of France 1755 - 1793
  • Elizabeth I of England 1533 - 1603
  • Catherine of Aragon 1485 - 1536
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine 1122 - 1204
  • Empress Theodora 500 - 548
  • Hatshepsut of Egypt 1508 - 1458 BC
  • Wu Zetian 624 - 705
  • Cleopatra VII, Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt 69 - 30 BC
  • Mary I of England 1516 - 1558

For a more complete list, see List of queens regnant and Lists of queens.


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